I think I'm a little bit in love. I'm so sad that I never found this for the other children when they were younger. It is so exciting.
A few hallmarks of the Montessori method are :
* characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological, physical, and social development ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education )
* mixed age classes
* child sized materials
* " 'discovery' model, where students learn concepts from working with materials, rather than by direct instruction" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montessori_education
* beautiful well-made materials
I love the sense of peace that I get watching all the children working on their activities. I love that Bear can practice an activity over and over again until he has mastered it. I like that there is hands- on learning rather than lots of teacher led instruction.
There are several components to the Montessori Primary (ages 3-6) program. Math, Language, Sensorial, and Practical Life. Last night I